The capsule, carrying U.S. astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian
cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, parachuted through
a blue sky and touched down in a cloud of dust as its soft
landing engines ignited at 8:53 local time (0253 GMT).
“Bull’s eye landing,” a NASA TV commentator said as the
capsule lay on its side in the Kazakh steppe circled overhead by
approaching search-and-recovery helicopters.
Veteran mission commander Padalka, who has logged 711 days
in orbit to make him the world’s fourth most experienced
astronaut, was the first out of the cramped descent capsule.